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Start of Rays-Red Sox delayed by power outage

Lightning strike at substation knocks out some of lights at Tropicana Field

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The start of Saturday night's game between the Rays and Red Sox at Tropicana Field was delayed by 12 minutes due to a partial power outage at the ballpark.

With thunderstorms in the area, a lightning strike to the 16th Street substation knocked out power to some of the park's lights minutes before the 7:10 p.m. ET scheduled start time. The same substation was struck Aug. 3, delaying the game against the Angels.

After power was fully restored, Rays starter Jake Odorizzi delivered Saturday's first pitch at 7:22 p.m.

The outage also forced the Rays to delay their Star Wars Night pregame activities, stranding Chewbacca in front of the Tampa Bay dugout, waiting to deliver a ceremonial first pitch to Tampa Bay reliever Kirby Yates.

David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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